Haven season 4 episode 4 review: Lost And Found
Rachael finds this week's Haven a heartstrings-tugging affair. Here's her review of Lost and Found...
This review contains spoilers.
4.4 Lost and Found
Buddhist Duke has returned. I forgot about him for about a season but he’s back! I missed him and his sage-like advice and it has returned. I’d say return is the theme of this week’s episode. There are stolen children that need to be returned to their families (Oh my God, let me show you all the crap I don’t give about the cases in Haven, look, look at it all!) and most importantly, the return of Audrey Lexie from the mysterious barn-world to the real world through doors. We’re not talking metaphorical doors either. Oh no, these doors are literal and magical and we spend the whole episode trying to pry the suckers open.
As far can be seen, Jennifer Mason with her ear into the barn is the Keymaster which I think makes William the Gatekeeper. Okay, wow, sorry, I fell into Ghostbusters there for a second but I can’t help it! When Lexie first opened her “door between words” it looked so much like looking into Sigourney Weaver’s refrigerator in that paragon of cult classics that all I could think was “There is no Dana, only Zool.” Of course, then I was reminded of the Langoliers and the gaps in time that can be physically traversed, which is Stephen King’s work and probably closer to the canon we were presented with. Who knows? But they have my curiosity.
What they did a better job of doing this episode was snaring my heart. Jennifer and Duke spend all day hanging out on his boat. I wanted to hang out with them. It was awesome, they were so cute. Also hot, because Duke in a zen state doing a slow handstand with no shirt? Yes please. I’ll take a dozen: to go. Jennifer hanging upside down had a Spider-Man appeal all her own. As a fan of their chemistry since their first encounter, I ship those two crazy kids like the United States Postal Service. My heart clenches every time she defends Duke and every time he protects Jennifer and neither of those are my natural inclination. They’re just so adorable and twee.
Nathan, on the other hand, spent the whole episode taking said clenching heart and ripping it out of my beating chest. This episode focused on People Who Have Issues With Kids - in particular the fathers of lost children and for the first time ever, we got to see Nathan deal with some James-related grief. Thank God for that. I was starting to think the writers completely forgot that James was, you know, Nathan’s child and he had to watch him die six months ago with the full realization that he will never get the chance to know know his son as a person. No, they did remember, and he and Dwight bonded over their deceased children. It wasn’t overwrought or melodramatic and on Nathan’s part, it was almost mercenary in its exploration. It made both characters feel more realistic than usual.
Of course, none of that held a candle to what we’ve been waiting for - the return of our favorite immortal Trouble-immune woman to Haven. One leap of faith, plus two open doors equals a bunch of people sprawled on their butts in a clearing on a hill in Maine, including Sarah/Lucy/Audrey/Lexie whom Nathan sees first.
The way he touches her when he kneels at her side destroys me, y’all. I can’t take it. If we hadn’t been told, with words, over and over that he loved her then just watching his hands on her face would’ve been enough for any viewer to know. His entire monologue to her as he hands her the gun, begs her to do it, kisses her, is so perfectly Nathan that for just an instant, the briefest one but still an instant, I forgot that naturally, this wouldn’t be Audrey. It would be Lexie.
I hated that I was right. The look of despair on Nathan’s face might have been worse to watch than her shooting him. I don’t know. I’m hoping next week’s episode will help me decide.
Read Rachael's review of the previous episode, Bad Blood, here.
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